Deputies News- Term 2 Week 9

East Hamersley Deputy News

Trent, a year 1 student from our East Hamersley campus was lucky enough to be selected to play footy at half time during the Eagles vs Geelong match last Saturday at Optus Stadium with his Coolbinia Bombers teammates. It was a very exciting experience to run out onto the oval and even get a few kicks and hand passes in.

Mrs Deborah Silverlock

Deputy Principal – East Hamersley


Padbury Deputy News

It certainly feels like Term 2 has flown by. NAIDOC Week is coming up in the school holidays from 3rd July to 20th July. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As a lead up to NAIDOC week, and as part of their learning at school about Aboriginal culture, classes will attend a Wanjoo workshop on Friday 24th June.  Children will learn original Noongar language and songs, with a focus on the importance of keeping Noongar language and culture alive. Wanjoo is the Noongar word for ‘welcome’.

We are looking forward to our Term 3 Dance program for Pre-primary and Year One students. Miss Dorothy’s Dancing classes will take place from weeks 2 to 10 of next term. The purpose is to develop skills, creative expression and performance through dance, linked to The Arts, Health & Physical Education curriculum. Please note that permission and payment is required by 29th June.

On Friday 1st July we are having a ‘Pyjama Day’ and raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Foundation helps children of all ages with disability, injury or illness. It is a non-profit organisation that provides social and emotional support for sick children. Students are encouraged to wear their pyjamas to school on the last day of term and bring in a gold coin donation. Staff are also looking forward to wearing their cosy PJs!

Student Achievement Reports will be uploaded to Connect in week 10 of this term. We will send a message to parents to let you know when the report is available to view. If you are unable to log into your parent Connect account, please contact the office on 9407 3050.

I wish all families a relaxing school holiday break. We look forward to seeing our students back with us on Monday 18th July. Stay safe and well.

Mrs Sarah Arnatt

Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus

Poseidon Deputy News

It has been a busy time at Poseidon, with Report Writing, incursions and sporting events. The students, staff and parents had a wonderful time at the Poseidon Primary School cross-country event last Wednesday morning. The students all tried their very best and we were very proud to have so many WCLDC students on the winners’ podium!

We were very fortunate to see Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, perform live last Friday, at the ‘Wanjoo Incursion’. Through their beautiful music, they focused on the importance of keeping Noongar language and culture alive. A shout out to Mrs Rowlett for organising this very worthwhile incursion.

We are all looking forward to the ‘Veolia’ Recycling excursion on Thursday 23rd June, which will develop students’ awareness and understanding of the impact of waste on the environment and our part in creating a more sustainable future.

The last week of school term will be a busy one, with the Year 1 Edu-dance performance on Tuesday 28th June at 12.30pm, and ‘Naidoc Week’ celebrations planned for Friday 1st July. There will also be an Assembly at 8.30am on the Friday, to which parents are invited.

Semester 1 Student Achievement Reports will be available online in week 10 this term. Please contact our main office at Padbury on 9407 3050 if you are having trouble logging on to your Connect account.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for welcoming me in my new role as Deputy and look forward to working with you all next term.

Mrs Karen Young

Deputy Principal – Poseidon Campus

Deputies’ News – Term 2 Week 6

Padbury Deputy News

Tuesday 7th June is a student free day for children at the WCLDC.  Staff will engage in professional learning at our School Development Day. It will be an informative day learning valuable strategies to support student learning, particularly in the areas of oral language and in Mathematics.

It is that time of year when many illnesses (as well as COVID) are going around.  If your child is unwell, please keep them at home until they are better.  If your child develops symptoms at school, we will call parents/carers. Of course, if your child is well then, we encourage them to attend school each and every day.

From time to time, we have relief staff taking classes, to cover staff who are unwell and cover teachers for student assessments and reporting. Relief teachers follow the programs and routines of the class teachers to ensure consistency and continuity for the students.

Year 1 parents will be receiving information soon about upcoming Year 1 parent workshops. In Term 3, weekly parent workshops will be run over a number of weeks by our speech pathologists. The topic is Developmental Language Disorder. We hope many parents can attend.

Mrs Sarah Arnatt

Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus

Quinns Beach Deputy News

It has been a very busy term so far, and I can’t believe how quickly the weeks seem to be flying by. I would like to take a moment to thank all of our families for being understanding during this time. Our students continue to work hard, and we have tried our best to keep consistency within the classroom while their teachers have been ill. Just a reminder that as the cold and flu season is upon us, if your child is showing any signs of sickness, please keep them home.

Our classes have been working hard with deepening their understanding of our Narrative stories. They have been working on retelling them to their teachers. The Pre-primary students have been learning all about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and had an incursion from the Swan Valley Cuddly Farm. This was a joint incursion with Quinns Beach Primary School, and our students loved being able to see the real-life animals, after many weeks of learning to visualise them.

In Year One, the focus has been on ‘Possum Magic’, with the students enjoying being chefs for the day, and learning how to make vegemite sandwiches. The students have begun a focus on their Geography unit which includes the weather and seasons, they have been practising being a meteorologist for the day and learning all about the Noongar Seasons. Luckily the weather has provided us with some great examples of storms.

Kindy continues to work on household furniture, with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They have a strong focus on oral language and the routines of school. The students are really settling well into school life, with a greater amount of independence.

As we move into the cooler mornings with warmer days, we ask that you make sure that your child’s jumpers are labelled clearly, and that they have them in their bags at the end of the day.

Sarah Armstead

Deputy Principal


Deputies’ News – Term 2 Week 3

East Hamersley Deputy News

The Year 1 students have been practising their running in preparation for the East Hamersley Primary school’s cross-country event on Wednesday the 1st June. I have seen them running on the oval and around the school grounds and they look very determined but somewhat tired. I can’t wait to cheer them all on.

The Pre-primary children have been playing in the adventure playground for most of the year and I have noticed that they are developing some great friendships. They constantly amaze me with the amount of kindness and empathy that they show towards each other.

It’s great to see our kindergarten students all back after some long bouts of sickness. I have heard some great language being used over the last few weeks and this is helping them to connect with one another and to establish friendships. It’s a joyous room to visit.

The well-deserved Year 1 honour certificate recipients on Friday 13th May were Ciara Boterhoven de Haan, Kotaro Maeda, Dihain Wickramaratne, Sebastian Scoby-Smith.

Just a reminder that our next school development day is Tuesday 7th June and the children do not attend school that day.

Mrs Deborah Silverlock

Deputy Principal – East Hamersley

Padbury Deputy News

A focus in Pre-primary and Year 1 classrooms at the moment is developing students’ language skills through a “Literature Based Unit.” Students have been engaged in a variety of learning experiences related to “The Three Little Pigs” for Pre-primary and “Possum Magic” for Year One. A range of oral language skills are being targeted. Narrative is an important skill as it bridges the gap between oral and literate language.

Our Kindy classes have learnt the rules and routines of the classroom and playground so well. The Kindy classes’ current story is “Peace at Last”, and the theme of family is being linked to this text. The home corner is set up to represent the bears’ house in the text for the children to act out the story. See below for some photos! It is wonderful to see the children engaging enthusiastically in learning experiences.
For Term 2 we have Pre-service Teachers from Edith Cowan University and Education Assistant students from North Metropolitan TAFE helping in some Pre-primary and Year 1 classes. We welcome them to the WCLDC, and I know they will gain valuable professional practice whilst here.

Student photos through Kapture Photography are this week (Thursday Week 3) for the Padbury campus. Parents/Carers should have received the flyer with the codes for ordering. Please contact the office on 9407 3050 if you require another flyer.




Mrs Sarah Arnatt
Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus